As a mother, it's hard for me to imagine being hit by a car while pushing my child in a stroller. It seems like the type of accident that you would only see on television. I know, my first instinct would be to shield my child. Unfortunately this scenario actually became a reality yesterday when a woman rolling her child in a stroller was hit by a car. The accident happened on Rosemont Road near South Plaza Trail in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA).
The at-fault driver indicated to police that she panicked and hit the gas pedal instead of her breaks. She first hit the woman and then another car. Both the pedestrian and her 4 year old child were taken to the hospital. The mother had injuries to her legs. Thankfully, the child was unharmed from the crash but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
I'm not sure why the woman was so flustered upon seeing the pedestrian. We don't know yet if she was distracted and looked up at the last minute and panicked. There is no word on whether or not there will be charges or if the other car she crashed into was parked or occupied. The investigation is on-going.
Although crashes that involve a pedestrian and a baby carriage are rare, pedestrian vs. car accidents are more common than you would think-some have even occurred right in the middle of a cross walk! A study done several years ago by National Highway Traffic Safety Association shows that almost 175,000 pedestrians died in motor vehicle crashes between 1975 and 2000.
I hope the injured mom recovers swiftly. I know that being injured and trying to take care of a young child is very difficult. I hope she get's lots of support from friends and family.